Weekly Meal Plan for 3/12/18

March 12, 2018

Oh, look...this thing still exists!! Well, it's only been TWO YEARS since my last blog post. I'm basically killing the blogging game over here.

I've been sharing on my Facebook page recently about our family's goal to spend about $50 a week at the store on groceries. Not easy for a family of 4 and, I'll be honest, we don't always succeed, but that's our goal and we usually stay relatively close to it. This does not include toiletries; JUST food. A couple friends suggested posting my meal plan here so more people could access it. So here you go!

Monday: Vegetarian Lentil Soup with tortilla chips. Total for meal $4.71.

Thanks to my friend Taylor for this recipe. I had some stuff already on hand which brought my cost down some. Planning a meal based on what you have in the cabinet is a great way to save on your grocery budget!

Tuesday: Homemade Mac & Cheese, Chicken Nuggets, Peas. Total for meal $2.13.

The hubs has a meeting after work, so I'm making it easy! We had some leftover cheese sauce from a dish last week so I'm using that over some elbow macaroni.

Wednesday: Cabbage with Kielbasa and Peaches. Total for this meal $1.85.

We had half a head of a large cabbage left over from a meal last week that I'll use for this. I also went to a food and craft swap this weekend and got a jar of peaches which we will pair with this meal.

Thursday: Sausage Pizza Puffs and Roasted Broccoli. Total for this meal $3.90

I had a lot of stuff on hand for this recipe and we are omitting the pepperoni. I bought a package of mild Italian sausage and will just use part of it for this meal and part for another.

: Eating at a friend's house warming. FREE!

Saturday Lunch: Parm Pork Chops with Sautéed Kale and Roasted Potatoes. Total for this meal $5.39

Grabbed this recipe from one of my old eMeals sheets. We used them for awhile and probably will again in the future. They send you 7 dinner recipes (you also have an option for breakfast and lunch) every week with grocery list and instructions. There are so many meal plans to choose from and it takes the guesswork out of everything! We loved it. Here is a referral link for two free weeks if you want to check it out!

1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 boneless pork chops
2 tablespoons olive oil
Combine Panko, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in a shallow dish; dredge pork chops in mixture, pressing to coat. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook pork chops 3 to 4 minutes per side or until done.
1 lb new potatoes, cut in half
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoon fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 slices bacon (I'm omitting this)
1 bunch fresh kale, chopped
Preheat oven to 425. Combine potatoes, olive oil, rosemary, and half of the salt and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are browned and tender. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; remove bacon to paper towels, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings in skillet. Add kale to skillet; saute 8 minutes or until tender. Crumble bacon, and stir into kale. Spring with remaining salt and pepper.
Saturday Dinner: Sausage Zucchini Boats with rice. Total for this meal $4.90

Sunday Lunch: Our church is hosting a volunteer luncheon so lunch will be provided for us!

Sunday Dinner: Leftovers

Total at the store this week: $49.19

Also bought: apple juice, 2 kefirs, milk, smoothie, american cheese slices, corn, 2 packages of fruit bowls, penguin crackers (aldi's version of goldfish), eggs, cantaloupe, and bread.

There you have it! Hope it's helpful!


  1. Monday: Chicken Alfredo with salad
    Tuesday: Stuffed Bell pepper Casserole
    Wednesday: We eat at church
    Thursday: Ranch cheddar chicken breast
    Friday: Beef stroganoff

    Let me know if you want any of these recipes! The bell pepper casserole is really yummy and inexpensive too.

  2. Eek my meal planning is slacking this week because my mother in law is visiting! We also did the Greenville BBQ food tour and have soooooo many leftovers (highly recommend!) so I’m trying to stretch that out this week and still not buy anything. Last night I made a BBQ pizza with the leftover shredded pork. I made a cauliflower crust because I had cauliflower on hand. If you haven’t tried it then it’s a must!

    We will also do a similar recipe to what you posted recently with the sausage and cabbage/coleslaw but use ground turkey and add seasoning to get a sausage flavor. I love using our home made sausage seasoning and taco seasoning on ground turkey to get the same flavor! Speaking of taco seasoning I’ll also do that on cauliflower to do a meatless taco and stretch it a little further. I need to make more seasoning so I’ll dig out those recipes if anyone is interested!

    I love these posts and think this is so much fun! This is part of my “home management” that I really enjoy!

    1. Yes, I would love your seasoning recipes! I'm impressed with your ability to make a meal from what you have. I'm not the most creative in the kitchen, so that's always a struggle for me. I make it work, but that's exactly what it is...work! haha. But it's satisfying to save money for sure :)

  3. I’m so terrible with seasoning things or knowing what flavors actually go best together but when all else fails throw cheese on it right?!

    I love to just make big batches of the seasonings. I get the small canning jars and lay them out and start dumping in seasonings. So quick and they are all portioned out for when I need them!

    Taco Seasoning:
    1 T. Chili powder
    2 t. Onion Powder
    1 t. Ground cumin
    1 t. Garlic powder
    1 t. Paprika
    1 t. Powdered Oregano (isn’t that just regular oregano? Cuz that’s what we use)
    1 t. Sugar (I only do a little sprinkle because we try to limit sugar)
    1/2 t. Salt
    This is enough for 1.25# ground meat. Depending on the meat you’ll need to add water when you add it.

    Italian Sausage Blend
    1 t. Salt
    1 T. Ground Fennel
    1 T. Ground sage
    1 T. Garlic Powder
    1 T. Onion Powder
    1/4 t. White pepper
    2 t. Parsley

    This one makes a bigger batch and you only need 2T per pound of meat.

    I wish I remembered where I got these from to give proper credit because they have changed my life!

    1. Nice! Thanks for sharing. I'm going to try these out :)



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